Gibraltar traffic jams as Brexit row heats up

Gibraltar on Wednesday accused Spain of causing long traffic jams with tightened border controls, saying it was "clearly a response" to rising political tensions over the British territory.As Gibraltar emerges as a sore point in Britain's exit negotiat...

At 73, Barry Manilow comes out of closet

Chart-topping singer Barry Manilow came out of the closet Wednesday at age 73, saying he kept silent on his nearly four-decade relationship with a man to avoid disappointing fans.Manilow, best known for his love ballad "Mandy" and Latin-tinged pop numb...

Global smoking deaths up by 5% since 1990: study

The percentage of men and women who use tobacco every day has dropped in most nations since 1990, but the total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths has increased, a consortium of researchers reported Thursday.Mortality could rise even further ...

Poverty in Russia rises to decade-high of 20 million

The number of Russians living in poverty reached nearly 20 million last year -- a decade high -- after sanctions over Ukraine and an oil crisis battered the economy, official figures showed Wednesday.Some 19.8 million people -- more than 13 percent of ...

News agencies join forces for EU data journalism site

AFP is joining forces with Italy's ANSA news agency and Germany's DPA to launch a new website offering data journalism on the European Union.The European Data News Hub will launch in June and offer text reporting, still and interactive graphics, photos...

Number of foreign jihadists in Iraq and Syria unknown: US

US intelligence agencies don't know the true number of foreign jihadists still fighting in Iraq and Syria, or the extent of the threat they pose to their home countries, a senior US military officer said Wednesday.Some 40,000 foreign jihadists have joi...

NFL passes streaming to Amazon, after Twitter

Amazon announced Wednesday it is making a foray into streaming live sports with a deal to add pro US football games to its Prime subscription video service.Rights to stream 19 Thursday night matches of the National Football League during the 2017 seas...

UN council postpones vote on Syria resolution

Britain, France and the United States on Wednesday held off calling a vote at the UN Security Council on a resolution demanding an investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Syria to allow time for negotiations with Russia.However, a vote on the...

Hazard fires Chelsea title charge, Spurs still in hunt

Eden Hazard fired Premier League leaders Chelsea to a crucial 2-1 win over Manchester City, but Tottenham are hot on their heels after a sensational fightback in their 3-1 victory at Swansea on Wednesday.Chelsea remain seven points clear of second plac...

Hazard tames Man City as Chelsea tighten grip

Eden Hazard scored twice as leaders Chelsea beat Pep Guardiola's Manchester City 2-1 on Wednesday to reassert their control of the Premier League title race.Chelsea had given the chasing pack hope after crashing to a shock 2-1 loss at home to Crystal P...

Venezuela opposition targets judges over ‘coup’

Venezuelan opposition lawmakers launched efforts Wednesday to fire judges whom they accuse of mounting a judicial "coup" to keep socialist President Nicolas Maduro in power.It was the latest maneuver in a political crisis that is raising concerns for d...

US hardens tone on Syria at emergency UN meeting

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Wednesday that the Trump administration will take action against chemical attacks in Syria that bear "all the hallmarks" of President Bashar Assad's government if the U.N. Security Council fails to act.

China dissident sees threat in new Interpol chief

The election of a Chinese security official as head of Interpol could pose risks to opponents of China's government who have fled the country, a prominent exiled dissident warned Wednesday.Wei Jingsheng, often considered the father of China's democracy...

Qatar World Cup labourers working 18-hour days: report

Migrant World Cup stadium labourers in Qatar can work 18-hour days -- more than twice the maximum amount permitted by law -- an external report into working conditions has found.And half of the 10 contracting companies surveyed in the compliance report...